By the Guard staff –
Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) (CFSU[O]) troops proudly stood on parade on 5 July, 2019 as the Defence Team in the National Capital Region welcomed its new National Defence Headquarters Chief Warrant Officer (NDHQ CWO).
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Dany Dubuc handed over the traditional Drill Cane to his successor, CWO Éric Bouffard during an emotional ceremony attended by almost 300 military and civilian personnel at the historic Cartier Square Drill Hall, in downtown Ottawa. Many Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) senior staff gathered to mark this milestone for both the Defence Team and CFSU(O), as well as bid farewell to CWO Dubuc as he sets to retire this coming September, after serving for almost 35 years in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps.
Addressing the unit he helped lead alongside two commandants, Brigadier-General Richard Goodyear and Colonel (Col) Angela Banville, CWO Dubuc spoke to the remarkable dedication and professionalism demonstrated by CFSU(O) personnel on a daily basis.
“The family we have here at CFSU(O) is committed to providing excellent service to 24,000 members of the Defence Team, never hesitating to go above and beyond to help someone.” “I’d like to thank all Branches and Sections that make up CFSU(O) and express to you how it has been an absolute privilege to be your CWO these past three years.”
The appointment of NDHQ CWO is three-fold; to be the base CWO for the entire NCR, the CFSU(O) CWO, as well as the head of the Ceremonial Cell for all parades, ceremonies and dignitary visits. Col Banville described this appointment as “a complex one,” citing that “the many aspects of this role have a significant impact not only on our personnel in the NCR, but on our government and country as a whole. To be the head of the Ceremonial Cell is to organize with your staff hundreds of parades for VIP visits and commemorative ceremonies that reflect upon us all.”
“You personify our Unit motto: “Deeds not Words”. Simply put, you make it happen. People go to you because they know you will do everything you can to help them,” she expressed during her touching farewell speech.
Taking over those duties is CWO Bouffard, recently returned to Canada from his deployment as Joint Task Force-IMPACT CWO in Kuwait. Focusing his speech on the importance of family and the camaraderie between his brothers and sisters-in-arms, CWO Bouffard noted how big were the proverbial shoes he had to fill in his new appointment. Col Banville described him as the ideal candidate, saying how she saw “continuity in your strong leadership, your deep caring for others, and your straightforward and efficient thinking.”
“To say that you bring invaluable experience to the Command Team is an understatement,” she added. Indeed, CWO Bouffard brings over 31 years’ experience both at home and abroad, having deployed on multiple operations and served notably within the 5th Canadian Division Support Base, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Air Component Command in Germany.
CFSU(O) Honours and Awards
The previous Friday, on 28 June, 2019, Chief Warrant Officer Dubuc led his last Honours & Awards parade where Commandant Colonel Banville presented awards and promotions to Unit members as listed below.
Corporal Larocque received the Canadian Forces Decoration.
The following personnel received the Canadian Forces Decoration Clasp:
- Warrant Officer Read; and
- Master Corporal Copland.
A number of individuals and sections within CFSU(O) were awarded the Commandant’s Commendation for their exemplary efforts:
- Corporal Avery;
- Corporal Laframboise;
- Karen Hart;
- Ixchel Medina Hernandez;
- Patricia Morris;
- The CFSU(O) Operations Branch and Public Affairs Section;
- The CRPTC Range Control Team; and
- The CRPTC Food Services Team.
The following personnel received the Command Team Coin:
- Captain Montminy;
- Warrant Officer Meigs;
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Kwantes;
- Corporal Goetz;
- Jessica Lefebvre; and
- Linda Morrow.
Lastly, the following personnel were newly promoted:
- Corporal Laframboise;
- Master Seaman Parent;
- Master Corporal Maslow;
- Master Corporal Savard;
- Sergeant Flannery;
- Sergeant Thompson; and
- Warrant Officer Meigs.
Photos: CFSU(O) IMAGING SERVICES/Private Tori Lake &
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